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Kenneth James Hyatt


1961 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Kenneth James Hyatt Obituary
June 1961 - October 2017 Kenneth "Ken" James Hyatt passed away peacefully after a brave fight with t-cell lymphoma on October 23, 2017. Ken spent his last days filled with family, friends, laughter, and music - much how he lived the previous 56 years. Ken was born in Los Angeles, California, to Fred and Betty Hyatt. At the age of six, Ken started studying piano, which was the beginning of his lifelong passion for the musical arts. Ken attended and graduated Fairfax High School, Cal State University Northridge (BA, Music), Cal State University Los Angeles (Teaching Credential), and Cal State University Fullerton (MA, Music Education). In 1987, Ken met the love of his life, Shirley. They married in 1989 and remained happily married for the next 27 years until Ken's passing. Together, Ken and Shirley (and their two children, Harrison and Nathan), attended concerts and operas and frequented art museums. In 1988, Ken began teaching music at Stevenson Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District; and, in 1992, Ken became the Van Nuys Middle School Music Director and Band Leader - a position he would hold for over 25 years until the end of his life. In October 2013, Ken was honored as a Teacher of the Year by the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce, the City of Los Angeles, and the CA State Assembly; and, in 2014, Ken's music program at VNMS received a grant of musical instruments from The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. Ken has touched the lives of thousands of students and leaves behind a legacy of dedication, commitment and caring in all of his personal, artistic and teaching activities. Ken is survived by his wife Shirley, his children Harrison and Nathan, his brother Bill (Jadranka) and his parents (Fred and Betty). In respect of the family's wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the City of Hope (https://www.cityofhope.org/homepage) and the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (http://www.mhopus.org/)
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24, 2017
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